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Google and Samsung Sign Global Patent Deal 64

An anonymous reader writes "Google and Samsung have signed a global patent cross-licensing agreement aimed at reducing 'the potential for litigation' and enhancing innovation. The deal will cover 'a broad range of technologies and business areas' and apply to both existing patents and any filed over the next decade. The move is also expected to strengthen their position against rivals such as Apple, which has filed multiple lawsuits worth billions of dollars for alleged patent infringements."
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Google and Samsung Sign Global Patent Deal

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  • by Nerdfest ( 867930 ) on Monday January 27, 2014 @12:20PM (#46081215)

    I'm not sure about Samsung, but find me an instance of Google suing someone without being sued first, and no Motorola before Google bought them does not count. Google has not been a patent dick.

    There are also some open patent pools that will also help stop the abuses of ... certain companies. Of course, the laws really need to be changed. No software patents, FRAND charges defining 'reasonable' in dollars or percentages, etc.

  • Re:1 edge (Score:4, Interesting)

    by JavaBear ( 9872 ) on Monday January 27, 2014 @01:21PM (#46082011)


    As in mutually assured destruction. I hate it, and I hate the need for it, but if Google/Samsung etc. don't build a portfolio of essential patents, litigious bastards, like Apple and other patent trolls, will steam-roll them in the courts.

  • Good on them. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by csumpi ( 2258986 ) on Monday January 27, 2014 @03:33PM (#46083827)
    While this is probably not best for innovation in general, whatever puts a curb on Apple's asshole behavior is a good thing.

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